Pioneer’s volleyball team was once again a force to be reckoned with for big and small schools alike.
And leading the way for the Panthers this fall was left-side hitter Sarah Dorris, the 2013 Loganland volleyball player of the year.
The Panthers went 27-10, won their eighth straight sectional title, reclaimed the Midwest Conference crown, split a pair of matches with Logansport and knocked off another strong Class 4A team, Harrison, this season for the first time in school history.
Dorris, a 5-foot-8 junior, has certainly been a key to all of the Panthers’ success the last three years.
“If she can continue to improve this club season she’ll probably be the best player I’ve had here,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “Kattie Lee would have been a great one had she stayed here. Sarah will hands down be the best player all-around. She can literally play every position.
“She had a great year. The good thing is I have her another year. I wish I had her another three years. She has improved a lot every year. She gets twice as good every year. I’m hoping she has another fantastic year next year and can stay healthy.”
Dorris led the Panthers in kills (355), digs (422) and aces (60).
She ranked ninth in kills, 11th in aces and 16th in digs in Class A according to VarVee.com. Dorris was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Year but was snubbed when it came to all-state honors, Nies said.
“She got second-team all-state, which was a slap to her face. There’s probably not a girl in single A that can match her,” he said. “Looking at the list, Indianapolis Lutheran must run the ICGSA because they had two players make the first team and four make the second team and they didn’t even make it to state.”